Maryland health officials on Tuesday reported 30 more people died from the coronavirus, while the state added 662 new cases.
The daily tallies bring Maryland’s COVID-19 death toll to 7,580 and its and case count to 377,628 almost a year after the health department began to track the illness in March.
While the rate of new infections and deaths continue to decline, the state is escalating its vaccination campaign.
More than 1.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Maryland since mid-December, according to the health department. Almost 747,000 people have received their first shot, while 365,732 have received both doses. That means about 12% of the state’s roughly 6 million residents has some protection from the vaccine, while about 6% has been fully vaccinated.
Vaccinators administered 25,565 doses over the last 24 hours, the health department reported Tuesday. About 9,580 people received their first immunization, while some 15,985 received their second shots. Both federally approved vaccines call for two doses to protect against severe illness.
An average of 29,096 doses have been administered daily in Maryland over the last seven days, an increase in the average rate reported Sunday: 27,604.
Some of the state’s smaller counties have given first doses to the largest share of their populations.
Almost 22% of residents in Kent County, Maryland’s least populated county with about 19,000 people, have received their first shots. Farther south on the Eastern Shore, Worcester County has given preliminary immunizations to about 19% of its 52,000 people. And about 18.6% of Talbot County’s 37,000 residents have gotten their first doses.
Only about 6.2% of the residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland’s second most populated jurisdiction with about 909,000 people, have received their first doses — the lowest figure in the state. Maryland health officials have cited vaccine hesitancy for the Washington suburb’s low marks, though lawmakers have pushed them for more answers.
Prince George’s neighbor, Charles County, is the only other jurisdiction in the state that’s given first doses to less than 10% of its population of 163,000. However, 1,083 Charles County residents received a dose of the vaccine over the last 24 hours, an increase of 5.66% — the second highest day-over-day increase in Maryland.
On the Eastern Shore, Queen Anne’s County saw the biggest day-over-day gain at almost 7% as 683 people received a vaccine over the last 24 hours. About 10,000 people have received an immunization in Queen Anne’s, which has about 50,000 residents.
In the Baltimore metropolitan area, Anne Arundel County recorded the largest 24-hour increase in vaccinations, up 4.9%, with 4,826 immunizations. Some 103,345 of Anne Arundel’s roughly 580,000 residents have gotten a dose of the vaccine.
Baltimore County, with about 830,000 people, Maryland’s third most populous jurisdiction, has given vaccines to about 179,000 people — the second highest mark in the state. Some 3,194 residents received an immunization over the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Baltimore, with about 590,000 people, has administered a shot to almost 96,000 residents. Almost 2,000 people got a dose over the last 24 hours.
During the same 24-hour window, some 12,550 COVID-19 tests were completed throughout the state — the second lowest number of tests returned in a day this month in Maryland.
The state’s average testing positivity rate over the past week declined to 3.9% Monday, down from 3.91% Sunday. The rate has declined every day since Feb. 8 and is about half the 7.39% reported a month ago.
About 978 people remained in Maryland hospitals because of COVID-19 Tuesday, 14 fewer than a day earlier. Some 258 patients required intensive care, down 18 from the day before.